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BHAM news roundup: Spring 2024

The Los Angeles Times published a story regarding a 54-page complaint filed by NUHW about how Kaiser Permanente in Southern California continues to commit many of the same violations for which it was fined $50 million last year. The article was republished in the Sacramento Bee and also covered byBecker’s Hospital Review.

KCRA-3 reported on Mental Health Matters Day in Sacramento with a focus on NUHW’s work to advance parity for mental health care. 

There are a lot of upbeat media stories about AI and mental health, but the UC Berkeley School of Public Health recently published an interview with Dr. Jodi Halpern on why AI isn’t a magic bullet for mental health. Halpern is an expert on empathy and leadership, AI ethics and bioethics, and mental health

The San Diego Union Tribune reported on a resolution passed by the San Diego Board of Supervisors last week calling on Kaiser Permanente to reverse its reduction hours that NUHW-represented therapists get to perform important patient care duties such as responding to patient calls and emails, tailoring treatment plans, placing notes in patient charts and communicating with social service agencies. Supervisors in Orange and Los Angeles counties have passed similar resolutions, which were spearheaded by NUHW’s Political Department.

Behind the movement that brought homosexuality — and psychiatry’s power — to a vote 50 years ago: NBC News reported that a Yale historian argues in a new book that postwar psychiatrists had pathologized homosexuality to legitimize and hold on to their raw yet fading political power.


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